Literary Devices In Sonnet 146

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Analysis of Sonnet 146
In William Shakespeare’s poem “Sonnet 146”, Shakespeare initially argues that the outer layer of yourself is not as imp. Furthermore, through the use of diction, symbolism, and structure, he persuades the reader to live a lifestyle that is more beneficial to their eternal souls.
Shakespeare attempts to advise the reader to focus on things that are more important than a relatively temporary body, such as their values, morals, and actions. This is achieved through the use of diction, as he strings along a number of words that will bring a multitude of feelings and ideas that have not been previously considered by the reader. The use of words such as “pine” (line 3), meaning a mental and physical decline, will bring the poem a sense of despair and gloom. “Painting thy outward walls so costly gay” (line 4) gives the
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In the first line, he says “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth”. This is a symbol due to the fact that his “sinful earth” means his body, which is sinful due to the need of much improvement. The use of a symbol is to better compare his outer shell to what belongs on the inside, giving the reader a more visual idea of the concept. He further expands on the concept of symbolizing his body when he says “Painting thy outward walls so costly gay” (line 4). This once again does not directly state the body, instead using something else to symbolize it. When he uses the words “paint” and “walls”, he is using a house to symbolize his body. This is to bring a more dynamic view of how people will take the body as something so important, feeling the need to make it look nice. The way that he uses symbols for his body brings upon the larger issue of how people view their body and the need for it to be

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